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AIDS 2012: In a Watershed Year, Breakthroughs Await

Posted 14 July 2012, 07:23 A, by Guest

By David Wilson*, World Bank's Global AIDS Program Director

When the International AIDS Conference was last held in Washington, D.C. in 1987, Ronald Reagan was U.S. president, the Soviet Union stood, a wall scarred a divided Berlin and China’s economy was roughly the size of Spain’s. The wider world – and the AIDS epidemic – has changed more than anyone foresaw.

The conference returns to Washington in a watershed year. AIDS remains the greatest infectious disease challenge of our age: more than 65 million people infected and 30 million deaths since the epidemic began, and roughly three million new infections and two million deaths a year.  More...